The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, will be holding its 46th convocation today. This year highest number of Ph.D degrees will be awarded to students. As per newspaper reports, total 1,880 students will be receiving their undergraduate, post-graduate and Ph.D degrees. Live webcast of session-1 (9.45 am to 12.00 noon), in which the chief guest, Director and Chairman’s addresses are included, screened in the seminar hall of IIT Delhi. Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank chief will be the chief guest.
Last year 178 students received the Ph.D degrees, whereas this year, the number of students receiving the same is quite larger. The number of students receiving the undergraduate degrees has also increased from 714 last year in 2014 to 770 this year.The number of post-graduate degrees that will be awarded is 889.
The curriculum for post-graduate course has also been restructured by the institute after a decade, which now includes a variety of elective courses. As a part of the second reform, students will have to pick one segment of “defined syllabus” on which they will be tested but without any delivery.
This is consistent with the IIT-D’s stated objective of shifting focus away from producing graduates to producing good research. They hope to increase the number to 400 in the long term. The IIT-D’s master-plan has just been approved; they have the go-ahead for a number of infrastructure additions such as new hostels, a stadium, two major academic blocks and a science park on campus to promote startups. The estimated cost of the three science parks planned at its campuses at Hauz Khas, Sonepat and Jhajjar put together is about 400 crore.